Projects at think[box]

Email your project to thinkbox@case.edu to be included on this web page.

HackCWRU 2015 February 11, 2015

Thirty six straight hours of design, code, caffeine, taking on new challenges, and innovating - that's what hundreds of hackers of all ages and skill levels signed up for at HackCWRU 2015. At the end of the weekend, twenty four projects were presented ranging from a virtual reality pancake simulator to the built-from-scratch induction heater shown here. Using think[box], attendees were able to hack hardware as well as software, giving HackCWRU a unique twist on the usual hackathon.

Contact:
Katherine Cass - krc53@case.edu

Everykey February 2, 2015

The Everykey wristband stores login information and unlocks mobile devices automatically, eliminating the need for complicated passwords and cumbersome keys. When the AES 128-bit encrypted wristband moves out of range, security mechanisms are re-enabled and accounts are logged out automatically to keep information secure. This Cleveland area company began as a CWRU class project in 2012, ran a succesful $117,000 Kickstarter campaign in 2014, and now employs over 25 people.

Contact:
Chris Wentz - chris@everykey.com
Craig Lewis - craig.lewis@case.edu

Museum of Contemporary Art Furniture January 28, 2015

This completely functional artistic seating piece with power outlets and dry-erase work space was installed at MOCA, Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art. The large clear geometrical shapes were cut from thick polycarbonate sheets on the ShopBot.

Contact:
Katelyn Petronick - kpetronick@student.cia.edu

3D Fossil Model January 27, 2015

This 13 million-year-old fossil may come from an extinct species of turtle named Stupendemys that had a shell up to 6 feet long! CWRU faculty Darin Croft used think[box]'s industrial scanner to create a high quality file for his research into the climate and habitat of southern Bolivia at that time. This 3D model will be sent to a turtle expert to determine whether the bones belong to Stupendemys or to some other type of turtle. The answer will provide valuable clues about the ancient environment and elevation of this site, which is now more than 11,000' above sea level.

Contact:
Darin Croft - dac34@case.edu

Ultra-Affordable Pedal Phone Charger December 19, 2014

Prototype of an ultra affordable, human powered phone charger. It allows the user to non-strenuously charge a phone while leaving both hands free do do other tasks. Design is aimed towards users in countries lacking infrastructure and those not on the electrical grid.

Contact:

Sam Crisanti - snc25@case.edu
Ian Ferre - idf2@case.edu

Proposal Box December 4, 2014

This elaborate proposal box has been made from a rich history. The wood used to fashion this box came from a piano, ammunition box, hockey stick, fishing rule, and watchmaker's bench - all of which were over 100 years old and owned by the (now) fiancee's great-grandparents. The fabric came from her parents' wedding. A wooden key is used to turn a set of 3D printed bevel gears and open a wooden iris to reveal the ring.

Contact:

David Chrzanowski - dmc124@case.edu

MantisBot December 4, 2014

This M.S. thesis project mimics the mechanics of a praying mantis. The green skeleton was 3D printed, while the control electronics was assembled and mounted on a laser cut acrylic board - all of which were protoyped or manufactured in think[box].

Contact:

David Chrzanowski - dmc124@case.edu

Geometric Installation Art November 26, 2014

This colorful geometric installation was commissioned by Progressive Arts Alliance to reside in the main hall at the Michael R. White School in Cleveland, Ohio. Artist Jared Akerstrom use think[box]'s laser cutter to prototype and produce the thousands of equilateral triangles for the piece. The shapes were also used at a parent/student night to teach elementary schoolers about the platonic solids. The finished mural is 15 ft. tall and comprised of 3,280 triangles joined with staples.

Contact:

Jared Akerstrom - jakerstr@gmail.com

RF Shield for MRI Research November 5, 2014

This is an RF shield made for developing custom RF coil arrays for MRI research. The top half of the shield can be easily separated, allowing easy access to the coil array without moving it. The frame of the shield is made of laser cut 1/4" birch, and the shielding surface is made of common 1/16" copper clad FR4. The conducting surface is segmented and stitched with capacitors so that it shields RF fields, but is transparent to audio-frequency magnetic fields.

Contact:

Michael Twieg - mdt24@case.edu

Laminar Flow Punch Dispenser October 23, 2014

This laminar flow punch dispenser was a special attraction at the 2014 Blue Block party, where President Barbara Snyder announced the launch of renovations of the future home of think[box]. The laminar jet uses technology similar to the dancing fountains found in Las Vegas. 

Contact:

Xyla Foxlin - xrf@case.edu
Jevon Montague - jjm170@case.edu
CJ Valle - stark@case.edu